Local News 6/22/22

News 6-22-22 AK

State police are investigating after two men broke into a laundromat but weren’t able to cut through a wall to get into the locked area of the shop. The burglary happened back on Sunday, May 29 at West End Laundry in Somerset. Anyone with information is asked to call PSP Somerset at 814-445-4104.

Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on when fireworks can be set off. The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has voted to send a proposal to the full chamber for consideration. The proposal would limit the time for using fireworks from 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. except on certain holidays.  It would also redirect the fireworks tax to help fund EMS and firefighter programs and require people to give livestock owners at least three days’ notice.

Republican candidate for Governor, Doug Mastriano is adding a Trump lawyer to his team.  Mastriano’s campaign announced late last week that Jenna Ellis is coming on board as a legal advisor.  Ellis formerly helped the former president challenge the 2020 election results.

State police are investigating after six stolen rifles were found at the bottom of Paint Creek in Somerset County. Troopers and the PA Fish and Boat Commission were able to retrieve the rifles from the water. After tracing the serial numbers, it was found that all six rifles were reported stolen from a storage unit in Windber back in Dec. 2021. Police are still investigating the theft. Anyone with any information is asked to call state police out of Somerset at 814-445-4104.

A Coalport man will be spending the rest of his life in state prison for setting a fatal fire in Coalport last spring. Jonathan Mark Gallaher was found guilty after a trial in April, of multiple charges in connection with the fire that caused the death of Matthew Troxell. Gallaher was sentenced to life in prison without parole with consecutive sentences totaling 24 to 80 years.

The average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Pennsylvania is currently four dollars and 99 cents, while the national average is four dollars and 95 cents.